Stop/go suspended

2016-09-13 06:00
The retaining wall has been dressed with sandstone. PHOTO: City of Cape Town

The retaining wall has been dressed with sandstone. PHOTO: City of Cape Town

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The stop/go system on Main Road in Kalk Bay will be suspended on Friday 16 September – if all goes as planned.

Transport for Cape Town (TCT) has made exceptional progress thus far with the third and final phase of the Main Road project in the Southern Peninsula, says Mayco member for transport, Brett Herron.

“We have now reached a point where we can continue with the project without the need for the permanent stop/go system along Main Road,” he says.

The stop/go system was in place to allow TCT to replace the time-worn underground services with new underground water mains, sewer pipes, stormwater pipes, street lighting, low-voltage cables, and fibre-optic infrastructure. ‘This section of Main Road between the Kalk Bay Harbour entrance and Woolley’s Pool is the most difficult to rehabilitate in terms of traffic management, given that Boyes Drive cannot be used as a bypass. It was impossible to install the new underground services without restricting the traffic to a single lane.”

TCT has budgeted R304m for the rehabilitation of Main Road which covers a distance of 4.5km from the intersection with Atlantic Road in Muizenberg, through St James, and to the intersection with Clovelly Road just past Kalk Bay.

TCT will, over the next 14 months or so, reconstruct Main Road between the Kalk Bay Harbour entrance and Clovelly Road, make provision for parallel parking along the seaside, create footways for pedestrians on both the mountain and sea sides all the way from Woolley’s Pool to the bridge and refurbish the steps that lead to Woolley’s Pool on the other side of the railway line.

Apart from the installation of the new underground services, the reinforced concrete retaining wall above the old Clovelly railway station has also been completed.

“The retaining wall is still to be fitted with a handrail, as well as with a glass barrier along a short section where Metrorail’s overhead electricity cables are in close proximity to the footway.”

The retaining wall extends for a distance of nearly 500m from Woolley’s Pool to Clovelly, with a reinforced crash barrier. The wall has been dressed with sandstone and includes buttresses at five metre intervals to create shadow lines.

At this stage it is anticipated that the project will be completed before December 2017.

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